This exhibition at the Grand Palais showcases two centuries of Haitian art from the beginning of the 19th century up to the present day, paying tribute to the artists of Haiti, the history of their country and Creole culture.
With around 60 artists and nearly 170 works, the exhibition is devoted primarily to the visual arts but also examines poetry, voodoo rituals, magic, religion and politics.
The exhibition is divided into four main categories: scenes from everyday Haitian life; profane and sacred artworks of voodoo, Catholicism and freemasonry; artists ostracised in the 1950s and 1960s for being too “modern”; and the construction of identity through representations of Haiti’s political and intellectual figures.
Many of the works are in France for the first time, including some site-specific works, and audio-guides are available in French, English and Creole.
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Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, tel. +33(0)144131717.